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Statement from Deborah Delisle, President and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education, on the Budget Resolution

For Release: August 10, 2021

Contact: Dorie Turner Nolt, 404.861.1127,

“The $3.5 trillion budget resolution provides bold, sweeping investments in our country, our children and our families—now and into the future. The budget not only includes President Biden’s expansion of free public education by four years—two years of preschool and two years of college—but it also supports key investments in families such as an expansion of the child tax credit and high-quality child care. As we expand community college, we must ensure college completion—not just enrollment—remains the goal. A free community college program must also apply to high school students taking dual enrollment courses that allow them to earn college credit before they graduate, a proven strategy for increasing college attainment for students, particularly the most vulnerable. In addition to these critical budget investments, we also urge Congress to incorporate continued funding for the Emergency Connectivity Fund to help close the homework gap for millions of students. These investments create a clear path for all students to get the preparation needed to achieve their dreams. We look forward to working with Congress to ensure these priorities are included in the final budget.”

Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education and served as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2012 to 2015. 

The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.